Exceptional £25,200 sale for Peter Lanyon painting at Bonhams


2015-06-26 12:01:09


Exceptional 25,200 sale for Peter Lanyon painting at Bonhams

Sold for way above its pre-sale estimate of 2,000-3,000, this pen and ink work certainly made its mark

An exceptional price of 25,200 was achieved for a print by the St Ives artist Peter Lanyon at Bonhams' Modern Prints sale (25 May).

The untitled work dates from 1949 and had been expected to make between 2,000-3,000. This unique piece shows Lanyon at his most experimental using pen, ink and gouache over a traced slate monotype printed in dark blue.

The print's dominant image of a horse links it to the artist's 1946 painting "Yellow Runner" and the large lino-cuts "The Returned Seaman" of 1946 (now in Tate Britain) and "Red Horse, Red Boat" of 1951.

Peter Lanyon's untitled work sold for 25,200 (Click to enlarge)

Bonhams print specialist Tabitha Philpott-Kent said: "This was an exceptional price for an exceptional piece.It's a very strong image featuring Lanyon's trademark horses and boats."

Other highlights included 9,000 for a folio of screen prints by Patrick Heron (3,000-5,000) and 5,520 for a Ben Nicholson Abstract Composition (1,500-2,000).

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